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Facilitated by theatre director Frances Rifkin and artists no.w.here, Speech Acts I is the first in a series of workshops in which participants will collaborate to develop terms for a collective film script on the politics of public speech through the production of images.
Frances Rifkin is Artistic Director of Utopia Arts. In the 1970s she was Director of Recreation Ground Theatre Company in which she worked with composer Cornelius Cardew and People's Liberation Music in the context of contemporary political and anti-fascist movements. In the 1980s, as Director of Banner Theatre, Birmingham, she worked with audio recorded actuality to create performance and song in the Labour Movement. Frances trained extensively with Augusto Boal, the originator of Forum Theatre. She has worked as an organisational consultant and trainer in the private, voluntary, public and trade union sectors and currently chairs Equity's Independent Theatre Arts Committee.
Formed in 2004, no.w.here is an artist run space in London where the place of the moving image within contemporary art can be explored and expanded. They produce projects, events, facilities, workshops and education programmes. On the Edgware Road, no.where work with actors Khalid Abdalla and Cressida Trew to recall histories of Britain’s Free Cinema movement, producing a collaborative film made by those with links to the neighbourhood. Actor Khalid Abdalla, known for his lead role in the film The Kite Runner, spent his youth on the Edgware Road. He is currently producer of In the Last Days of the City, a feature length film shot in Cairo, Baghdad, Beirut, Alexandria and Berlin. Abdalla and collaborator Cressida Trew link the Free Cinema School to global independent cinema networks. His residency is undertaken in collaboration with Townhouse Gallery in Cairo.
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